January 2, 2007 - Philadelphia

I've blabbed on about the Comcast Center Construction for two years, and today I finally went up to the 43rd floor. Obviously, it was awesome. Go to the whole photo set to read about it and see the photos.

One and Two Liberty Place from the 43rd floor of the Comcast Center.

December 29, 2006 - Chicago

Chicago, day three. Check out the Tours Page and scroll down to December 2006 to see two complete photo sets from Chicago.

Looking north over the Chicago River.

December 28, 2006 - Chicago

Day two on foot in Chicago, and my feet hurt.

South LaSalle St, I think.

December 27, 2006 - Chicago

On a whim, a friend and I decided to check out Chicago at Christmas, and three days of photography ensued. The best photos came during my night walk on December 27.

"The Bean" in Millennium Park.

December 23, 2006 - Philadelphia

Although my walk through G-Ho (that's a neighborhood) featured some shots from the always-amazing South Street Bridge, there was something I liked about this one from 26th and South.

Callahan's Grille and the skyline from 26th and South Streets.

December 20, 2006 - Philadelphia

While out for another set of Comcast Center Construction updates, my fairly new wide angle lens helped me find a new angle that I'm sure will be popular for me over the next year.

Looking up and east from 18th and Cuthbert.

December 12, 2006 - Philadelphia

Looking to capture some of Philadelphia's Christmas time lighting in Center City, I walked in the cold for about an hour or so tonight. This limo added a little more interest to a standard street-and-building shot on South Broad.

The driver gave me his card and asked me to call him to tell him where the photos would be online... but you have to have an email these days, buddy. He had one of my cards, anyway.

Limousine parked on South Broad Street.

December 1, 2006

This nighttime view of the Philly skyline and growing Comcast Center surprisingly generated some cash when a department of Liberty Property Trust used it as the front of their holiday greeting card.

Philadelphia skyline and Comcast Center from my balcony.

November 20, 2006 - Philadelphia

Today I took a typical walk around Center City Philly, including the areas of the Comcast Center and City Hall, still getting used to the new wide-angle lens.

Looking north on Broad Street from Penn Square.

November 19, 2006 - Brooklyn, NYC

This morning some family members and I drove up to Brooklyn for a Tae Kwon Do tournament and black belt testing session. My brother moved from a brown to a black belt. Some of the higher belts had to break enormous piles of wood to pass their tests, including an impressive midair kick through six or eight boards (which I didn't quite get right in the photo).

A sixth-degree black belt kicks through ten boards.

November 18, 2006 - Cherry Hill, NJ

This morning I needed some printer ink, so I headed to the Best Buy in Cherry Hill's new shopping center, Garden State Plaza. Located on the former Garden State Park carriage racing site, this big-box strip mall mess is what was eventually chosen rather than the downtown or town center idea that was considered.

The only thing worse than this planning decision may be the fact that I got (lightly) hit by a car in the parking lot after taking this picture of the skyline. (The picture was taken from the sidewalk.) It's the first time I've noticed that the skyline is visible from this general area.

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill and Philadelphia skyline from Garden State Plaza.

November 9, 2006

Good light and color this morning helped make a great balcony shot that I used on the Comcast Center construction page.

Skyline with the growing Comcast Center.

November 5, 2006 - New York City

Today I met up with a European coworker to show him around during his first visit to New York. Of course, we had to go up in the Empire State building. It was my third or fourth time. But we also rode the Staten Island Ferry, which was, as far as I can remember, a first for me.

Check out the rest of the day's photos on the Tours Page by clicking here.

Looking north from the Empire State Building observation deck.

November 3, 2006 - Toronto

The Cathedral Church of St. James is probably the most photogenic church that I've (frequently) taken pictures of.

Cathedral Church of St. James from the east.

October 28, 2006 - Cherry Hill, NJ

The portraiture got a bit more serious than yesterday's as I helped out some friends with an engagement announcement photo. My favorite was the one on the right, but they eventually chose this one.

Sharon and Marcus.

October 27, 2006 - Fair Haven, NJ

My 25-year old younger brother loves to play it up for the camera. What you're not seeing on the left is the full body shot complete with a daiper and oversized safety pin. Picture all this on a guy that's 6'6" and has a black belt.

Halloween can be hilarious.

World's ugliest baby.

October 26, 2006 - Philadelphia

Yet another quick jaunt into Philly tonight, this time mostly to get an update on the progress of the Comcast Center Construction, resulted in an image or two that I was really happy with.

Have you heard about October in Philadelphia?
Looking up at the Comcast Center and surrounding buildings from the northwest corner of 17th and Arch.

October 25, 2006 - Dallas

On my walk between the Convention Center and the hotel today I found this interesting little park with a photogenic view of the skyline over an anormous line of stampeding bulls (my photo shows only about a quarter of it).

Stampeding bull statues jump a small stream in a park near the Convention Center.

October 24, 2006 - Dallas

I arrived in Dallas for a conference today and didn't have much time to shoot any photos, but I did take a few from the hallway just outside my hotel room in the Hyatt Regency. It seems like many of the Hyatts I've seen in various cities always include these huge indoor atriums, a nice feature.

Note that in Dallas, of course, the bar floor is complete with the Texas star.

Looking down at the bar from the 8th floor of the Hyatt Regency.

October 22, 2006 - Philadelphia

A whole new world of urban photography was opened to me today after an early morning trip to NYC to pick up a new wide-angle lens: a Canon 10-22 mm F3.5-4.5 USM (got that?). For the non-photographers out there, let it suffice to say this lens is wide.

My first opportunity to test it out was on another walk with my contact from the University City District to check out the neighborhood. As I've been saying all month, check out more results from this visit to University City in the October in Philadelphia tour.

Wide-angle view of the 3600 block of Lancaster Ave in University City.

October 21, 2006 - Philadelphia

More of October in Philadelphia. Today's trip to the city was short, but yielded this image of leaves changing color on Market Street in Old City.

Trees changing color on Market Street in Old City.

October 15, 2006 - Philadelphia

Today I spent a few hours walking around University City in Philadelphia on an area tour with the University City District to scout locations for future assignments. It required a bit of tresspassing, but my tour guide led me around a fence to this beautiful yet spooky abandoned home. More shots from this walk are in the October in Philadelphia tour.

Abandoned home in University City.

October 14, 2006 - Philadelphia

I walked about 5 miles in Philadelphia today, introducing the city to a European friend. We walked from river to river and all over Center City, but the best scenery was in Logan Square, where multiple wedding parties posed for their photographers.
Wedding party in front of Swann Fountain in Logan Square.

October 8, 2006 - Philadelphia

Local 113 hired me to photograph four models wearing their merchandise. We spent a full day in the studio and created over 1500 photos. Some of the results are online: Serena and Kim.

Model Serena Coleman.

October 7, 2006 - Philadelphia

Another quick trip to Center City - I only took 31 photos - resulted in a few good ones. I'll probably link to it every damn day of the month: "October in Philadelphia."
Swann Fountain and the Philadelphia Inquirer Building.

October 3, 2006 - Philadelphia

Tonight I walked Center City in search of October lighting changes. I found a few, but one photo of City Hall's William Penn statue stood out.

The best of October's photos are available as a Tours Page entry - click here.
William Penn atop City Hall.

October 2, 2006

Every October, dozens of Philadelphia buildings and landmarks turn pink in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you're curious to see a few more, check out the tour "October in Philadelphia."
Pink-enhanced Philadelphia from Cherry Hill, NJ.

September 30, 2006 - Niagara Falls, Ontario

On September 30 I drove back from Toronto to the Jersey shore, and never having been there before, stopped on the Ontario side of Niagara Falls. Horseshoe Falls, sometimes called Canadian Falls, is very accessible from the Canadian side and about 90% of the Niagara River's water goes over the falls here.

The churning power of the river just before plunging over the edge was the most amazing part of the experience. Combined with a visit to Toronto just 90 minutes away, it's a great trip to make.

Check out a 28-photo set from my short visit to Niagara Falls by clicking here.
Horseshoe Falls on the Ontario side of the border.

September 29, 2006 - Toronto

Toronto's St. Lawrence Market is an awesome place to pick up some fresh fish, seafood, meats, cheeses, and just about any other food product.
Fresh fish case at St. Lawrence Market.

September 28, 2006 - Toronto

One of my first touristic stops of this trip to Toronto was to Casa Loma, built as the home of the once wealthy and later unlucky Canadian investor Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Its interior is amazing, but the most memorable photos from the visit came from the windows of its tower.

The enormous Toronto skyline from Casa Loma.

September 25, 2006 - Toronto

Another week in Toronto, another skyline photo from my hotel room. On this trip though, I'll be venturing out more, so be sure to check the next few log entries and an eventual tour from this week's photos.
Toronto skyline from the 12th floor of the Holiday Inn Express downtown. Spotlights in the distance call attention to a hockey game at the Air Canada Centre.

September 21, 2006

The Comcast Center increases its impact on the Philadelphia skyline.
Philadelphia skyline and Comcast Center from Cherry Hill, NJ.

September 17, 2006 - Philadelphia

Today was a typical walk-around-Philly-for-construction-updates day, but I didn't do too much else that was creative. But I did get one colorful shot of the Comcast Center under construction that I liked. This mural is in the right place for it to appear to urge the Comcast Center upward. I've been waiting for over a year for the building to be tall enough.
Mural urges Comcast growth.

September 16, 2006 - Medford, NJ

I was asked to photograph the booths at A Taste of Medford, a food-tasting event in Medford, NJ's Freedom Park featuring more than two dozen local restaurants and businesses. One of the attractions was a horse and buggy ride that presented the best photo opportunity of the day.
Horse and buggy ride at A Taste of Medford.

September 12, 2006 - Cherry Hill, NJ

I was contacted a few days ago by the Township of Cherry Hill in order to contribute photos for their 2007 town calendar. They'll be using three other shots that I already had, along with this new photo of a footbridge in the Barclay Farms neighborhood. The calendars are due out in October.

Update: check out the calendars here.
Footbridge in Cherry Hill's Barclay Farms neighborhood.

August 31, 2006 - Holyoke, MA

In my mind I always pictured Holyoke, which is a suburb of Springfield, to be a typical wealthy Massachusetts town. I came to find out that although there are plenty of those in the Springfield area, describing Holyoke that way couldn't be more inaccurate. It contains all the features you'd expect to see in a washed-up industrial city that saw its prime long ago, including boarded-up brick buildings and a lack of activity save for a few shady characters. Locals said that Holyoke is one of the most depressed areas in the state.
Typical downtown Holyoke.

August 22, 2006

After my recent hectic road trip, I took some time to sort through the multitude of photos I had taken in order to put together the San Francisco Tour. However, every August at this time, the sun as viewed from my balcony passes right through the Philadelphia skyline as it crosses the horizon. (Check out this photo set from August 21, 2004.)

I took the opportunity to get a crisp view of the Comcast Center beginning to have an impact on the Philly skyline.
Philadelphia skyline and Comcast Center at sunset from Cherry Hill, NJ.

August 11, 2006 - San Francisco

I booked a Friday night redeye flight back to Philly and spent ten hours walking around San Francisco. Check out one of my best Tours Page entries ever by clicking here.
San Francisco skyline from Coit Tower.

August 10, 2006 - Sacramento

A late flight took me into Sacramento last night. I'm only spending one day here, then driving over to San Francisco. I took a quick detour to downtown Sacramento to check out the California state capitol building.
Sculptures above the main entrance to the California state capitol building.

August 9, 2006 - Austin

After a drive halfway across Texas and a night in San Marcos, I snapped some shots of the Austin skyline from Interstate 35.
Austin skyline from the east on Interstate 35.

August 7, 2006 - Houston

The beginning of an interesting week starts off with a photo in the least photogenic place imaginable.
Rainbow over the airport roads at Houston Intercontinental.

August 4, 2006 - Philadelphia

Mandeville-Roof-Photo-Shoot-Part-2! And this time the sunset cooperated. All the photos are in this tour. Go!
Philadelphia skyline from the roof of the Rosenbluth Building.

August 3, 2006 - Toronto

Good morning, Toronto! As an architecture fanatic, I can't believe I had never heard of the Cathedral Church of St. James before I saw it myself. It's truly one of the most amazing buildings I've ever seen. I promise to make all efforts to get some photos inside the cathedral next time I'm in Toronto.
Cathedral Church of St. James from above.

August 1, 2006 - Philadelphia

A simple, one-sentence email asking for some photo licensing information panned out to quite an experience this week. It's originator turned out to be the developer of Mandeville Place, a unique 41-story ultra-luxurious condo proposal. By that evening I was shooting from the roof of a nearby building in an attempt to simulate views from a lower floor of the proposed project.

The view was amazing, but the sunset didn't cooperate, so I was back on the roof on August 4. The photos from both nights are here.
Cira Centre and 30th St. Station over the Schuylkill River.

July 29, 2006 - Red Bank, NJ

Since it was one of my favorite places to kill time when I was a teenager, I feel the pull to revisit Marine Park whenever I'm in Red Bank. It's a great place... quiet, shady, and with good views of the Navesink River.
Sailboat in the Navesink River. Marine Park, Red Bank, NJ.

July 26, 2006 - Philadelphia

My second trip in a week to the Art Museum and Waterworks area (which is part of this Tours Page entry) presented some new angles on the museum's architecture, the Cira Centre, and the Schuylkill River.
Architecture of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

July 24, 2006 - Philadelphia

Some of the most oppressive summer weather we've seen in years is upon us, making me want to go no further than my balcony for photography. Even those photos are affected by the thick haze in 10 miles of air between here and the Philadelphia skyline.

Despite the heat, Comcast Center construction crews are pressing onward and upward to begin to make a place in the skyline.
Philadelphia skyline and Comcast Center under construction from Cherry Hill, NJ.

July 19, 2006 - Philadelphia

An aimless photography night in the city led me back to the Schuylkill River Path and up to the Spring Garden Street bridge over the Schuylkill River, then on to the Waterworks area, where a new restaurant was having its opening night. Tonight's photos (and those from a week later in the same area) were used to create this Tours Page entry.
Philadelphia skyline over the Schuylkill River from the Spring Garden Street Bridge.

July 15, 2006 - Jersey City

Liberty State park has some of the best views of NYC available. This will be an excellent place to watch the new World Trade Center being built, since lower Manhattan is right across the Hudson River from the park.

There's a whole Tours Page entry made up of tonight's photos.
New York skyline from Liberty State Park.

July 8, 2006 - Philadelphia

I've been taking quite a few photos of 2000 Market Street lately for use on their website, and did a complete exterior set today. Although it's a challenging building to photograph due to simple architecture, the clouds helped out on this trip.
Looking up the south side of 2000 Market.

July 1, 2006 - Walcott, IA

On Interstate 80 on my way from Moline, IL, to Iowa City, I had the opportunity to stop at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop, which claims to be the world's largest. I believe it. Cross one more item off the list of "things to do before you die!"
Iowa 80 truckstop from the east on the interstate.

June 18, 2006 - Claymont, DE

It's amazing how close things are to each other on the East Coast.

Last night I went to a wedding in Edgewood, MD, drove to the hotel in Claymont, DE, and passed through NJ and PA on the way, all in less than an hour.
Looking south from the 6th floor of the Holiday Inn Select in Claymont, DE.

June 7, 2006 - Toronto

A one-day trip to Toronto produced this great aerial angle of the downtown skyline. It was the start of a great day that ended with a Tour of Queen Street East.
Aerial view of downtown Toronto from the north.

June 2, 2006 - Philadelphia

Today I received an extensive guided tour of 2000 Market Street, a 29-story skyscraper in Philadelphia's central business district, in anticipation of some future photography work there. Although it was a cloudy day, it's always interesting to see the city from new angles.
Looking west from the 14th floor of 2000 Market into University City.

June 1, 2006

The most violent lightning storm of this year exploded over South Jersey tonight. I braved the balcony and captured four good lightning strikes. See them in the Weather Gallery.
Several bolts of lightning strike a few miles away from Cherry Hill, NJ.

May 28, 2006 - Philadelphia

A long Center City Philadelphia walk today led me to one of my favorite spots for a skyline view, the South Street Bridge. It crosses over the Schuylkill River and gives an amazing spread view of the skyline.
Philadelphia skyline from the South Street Bridge.

May 25, 2006

                                          Another night, another unique sunset.
Sunset over Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, NJ.

May 21, 2006

Most of the balcony views I show are sunsets. Here's a sunrise that had almost as much vibrancy.
Sunrise over Cherry Hill, NJ.

May 18, 2006

In a departure from the normal sunset, this one showed more variety vertically than horizontally.
Sunset over Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, NJ.

May 15, 2006

As the sun sets further into the north sky every day, it's also leaving behind some amazing, dynamic, and unique images almost every time I'm available to catch it from my balcony.
Sunset over Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, NJ.

May 12, 2006 - Iowa City, IA

I finished my drive from Cedar Falls to Iowa City this rainy morning. But when I arrived in Iowa City, the rain let up for an hour or so, just long enough for me to visit Delta Chi Fraternity International Headquarters (I'm a member).
314 Church Street, Iowa City, Iowa, 52244.

May 11, 2006 - near Alexandria, MN

I spent this evening driving from Fargo to Cedar Falls, IA, a 7-hour trip, on my way to Iowa City. The Minnesota farmlands are somewhat photogenic, changing my opinion that most of the rural areas of the midwest look the same.
Farm silo and buildings near Interstate 94 in northwestern Minnesota.

May 10, 2006 - Fargo, ND

Terrible weather - rainy and in the 40s - prevented me from getting a representative photo set in Fargo during my first trip to the state of North Dakota. However, a clear morning shed some pleasant light on this train, seen from an overpass in central Fargo.
Tracks and a parked train in the center of Fargo.

May 9, 2006 - (Chicago)

My flight from Newark to Minneapolis, on my way to Fargo, ND, offered me a stopover in Chicago's Midway Airport. (This is where a plane slid off the runway and killed a young boy in a car just a few months ago.) Chicago is home of three of the United States' four tallest buildings, all of which can be seen here.

Later in the afternoon I had a few hours to walk around Minneapolis and create an entire photo set. Check it out on the Tours Page.
A plane lands in front of the Chicago skyline.

May 7, 2006 - Philadelphia

On this awesome Spring Sunday I woke up before 6 AM and headed over to Chinatown for the second day of photography there in preparation for a new tour.
Philadelphia Fire Department station on 10th Street in Chinatown.

May 3, 2006 - Philadelphia

Motivated by PhillySkyline.com's news of 1.58 million hits in April, I'm determined to do another neighborhood tour for that site. This one will be of Chinatown, and my first set of photos was taken this afternoon.
Race Street signs and the Ben Franklin Bridge.

May 2, 2006

With a final set of photos due in just two days, a friend taking a photography class appealed to me for help with his final project. The theme: sunrises and sunsets. Certain that I had just the place for him - my balcony - but unable to guarantee a photogenic sunset, I invited him to my place and he arrived and began working about 15 minutes before I shot this photo.

He doesn't realize how lucky he got.
Sunset and Philadelphia skyline over Cherry Hill, NJ.

May 1, 2006 - Philadelphia

Happy to be back in the the city I love, I walked a few miles around Philadelphia at sunset tonight. I stopped by the Comcast Center for construction photos and 2000 Market Street for some possible work. Having shot so many photos of the Liberty Place twins in the past, I tend to ignore them for new photos. But Two Liberty and this helicopter made an interesting pair just before sunset, so I snapped this quick shot.
A helicopter passes behind Two Liberty Place.

April 28, 2006 - Houston

My flight to Philadelphia left out of Houston Intercontinental Airport Terminal E, one of the nicer airport terminals that I've seen.
TV art in the Houston Intercontinental Airport's Terminal E.

April 27, 2006 - Houston

Today I took the three-hour drive from Victoria, TX, to Houston for my flight back to Philadelphia. I love driving around Houston. Although the city is mostly a dense conglomeration of suburban-style strip malls, there are some impressive skysrapers and highway overpasses that I find pretty fascinating. Yes, I'm a dork.
The downtown Houston skyline at sunset from Texas Highway 59.

April 26, 2006 - Victoria, TX

This week I'll be spending 3 days in Victoria, TX, about 3 hours south of Houston. This small, rusty farming and industrial city of 60,000 doesn't seem to offer much in the way of entertainment or photography, so this photo of a downtown restaurant is probably all you'll see.
New Rodeo restaurant near downtown Victoria.

April 20, 2006 - San Marcos, TX

In one of the most impressive displays of weather I've ever seen, the skies above San Marcos opened up and dropped icy chunks of hail larger than golf balls outside my hotel. About a mile away, even larger hailstones up to 3 inches in diameter were smashing car windshields. Of course, I grabbed my camera, watched my head while trying to stay half-under the entrance awning, and snapped some quick shots. One of them even got on TV! Check out the entry onthe Tours Page by clicking here.
Hail pounds puddles and cars.

April 18, 2006 - Philadelphia

Philadelphia's tallest-building-to-be, the Comcast Center, continues to grow at a rapid pace. Its core is now the size of a significant hi-rise, nearly as large as the Cigna Annex directly to the east. Work during the last two weeks has yielded cranes that are now visible from my balcony in Cherry Hill as well as structural steel visible above street level. Expect this steel skeleton to rocket to the sky on pace with the core.

Check the Comcast Center Construction Documentation page for updates from today's trip to Philly.
Comcast Center core in front of Bell Atlantic Tower, from the south on 17th Street.

April 17, 2006 - Studio Five South, Philadelphia

Aspiring fitness and figure model Devon Paruszewski was at Studio 5 South for a photo shoot today, just five days before she'll compete in the MsUSBF Figure Championship on April 22. Serena Coleman did some excellent work on hair and make-up. The photos are available on the Model Photo Shoots page.
Fitness/figure model Devon Paruszewski.

April 12, 2006

Balcony view, you spoil me.
Sunset over the Philadelphia skyline, from Cherry Hill, NJ.

April 9, 2006 - Studio Five South, Philadelphia

Three models and a make-up artist joined me at my studio (Studio 5 South) today for a 10-hour, 1800-photo shoot. It was an amazing day that yielded some great images. Check out the results on the Model Photo Shoots page.
Model Lindsay Campbell.

April 8, 2006

Is it my fault this view is so damn awesome at sunset? I'm sorry for posting so many skyline views from my balcony on this log lately... but can you blame me?

Tonight's sunset motivated me to put several of them online on the Tours Page: Click Here.
Philadelphia skyline at sunset from Cherry Hill, NJ.

April 2, 2006 - Philadelphia

I spent a few hours walking around Philly today, mainly to get some construction status updates for the Comcast Center, 10 Rittenhouse Square, and other buildings. With spring starting to make its presence known, it was an awesome day to be in the city, and enthusiastic walker (and model) Serena and I covered a lot of ground.
Hamilton Garden below the dome of the Kimmel Center.

March 28, 2006 - (Mississauga, Ontario)

A two day trip to Toronto did not yield any photo tours, but it did allow me to capture this angle of Mississauga. Located a few towns to the west of Toronto, Mississauga (population 650,000) is said to be the world's largest suburb.
Mississauga skyline and Hurontario Street from the north.

March 26, 2006

An extremely clear Sunday night sky gave me this crisp view of the Philadelphia skyline just after sunset.
Philadelphia night skyline from Cherry Hill, NJ.

March 19, 2006

The last week has offered a spectacular string of sunsets that I've been able to catch from my balcony. See the rest below, and catch sunsets anytime in the
Sunrises and Sunsets Gallery

Sunset over Cherry Hill, NJ.

March 17, 2006

Today's sunset outdid yesterday's. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Sunset over Cherry Hill, NJ, and the Philadelphia skyline.

March 16, 2006

As we move toward the first day of Spring, the sun is finally setting late enough that I can catch sunsets from my balcony when I get home in the evening. Today's sunset was a great way to start of the SkyscraperSunset Season.

Sunset over Cherry Hill, NJ.

March 5, 2006 - Studio Five South, Philadelphia

Serena and I spent about nine hours in the studio today. Check out the results here or under Model Photo Shoots any time.
Serena - "Angles."

March 1, 2006 - Toronto

Although I've been to Toronto seven times, I only had a chance to make one full photo tour in September, until today. In the late afternoon and early evening I spent about two hours walking around the city's downtown and waterfront area, mostly along a street called Queen's Quay (tour is here). The amount of new development in Toronto is amazing, and despite the frigid temperature, it was a nice day and a great area.

Toronto's Flatiron Building in front of part of the skyline.

February 28, 2006 - Newark

I'm hitting the air again today, this time on my way to Toronto - my home away from home, apparently. While waiting for my flight, I noticed the interesting combination of the busy airport traffic and the New York City skyline - seemingly quiet through the glass and miles away.
New York City skyline above Newark Airport.

February 14, 2006 - (Dallas)

Today I headed back to San Marcos, TX, for another week. En route to Austin I had a stopover in Dallas-Fort Worth and chose a window seat on the left side of the plane, knowing from my last trip that it offered great aerial skyline views.

Dallas skyline over Metroplex traffic.

February 12, 2006 - Cherry Hill, NJ

Last night, the Mid-Atlantic region was slammed by a blizzard that dropped 23 inches on New York City and 11 inches on Philadelphia. I had thoughts of driving over to Philadelphia, but with the roads and parking situation likely a mess, there was no better time to create the first photo tour of my own Cherry Hill neighborhood. So I set out on foot.
Windsor Tower Drive blanketed in snow.

February 11, 2006 - Jersey City

A quick trip up to Jersey City this morning. The old Dixon Mills pencil factory is now an apartment complex, which makes for some really interesting interior scenes.

Interior of the Dixon Mills apartment building from the 4th floor.

February 9, 2006 - San Marcos, TX

After walking around downtown San Marcos for about an hour to get photos for a Tours Page entry (click here), I jumped in the car to look for a few more last minute shots in other areas. Just before sundown, I saw a deer walking across a front lawn up in the hills, then noticed there were about 20 of them, spread across the yard and even on the other side of the street.
Six deer in someone's front lawn.

February 6, 2006 - Austin, TX

This afternoon I dedicated the last hour of sunlight to a walk in central Austin. The city's main drag, Congress Ave., runs north-south through the main business district before ending at the front gates of the Texas State Capitol Building.

I've been to the capitol twice before, but this time I really did some exploring, climbing stairs and opening whatever doors were unlocked as I searched the place. It's a pretty nice building (but I still give the nod to Oklahoma's Capitol).

Also impresive is Austin's new tallest building, the Frost Bank Tower, completed in 2004. It's crown is like none I've ever seen.

Crown of the Frost Bank Tower.

February 5, 2006 - Philadelphia

I've been on the borderline of death for about a week with the nastiest cough I've ever contracted. Feeling mostly recovered today, finally, I jumped over to Center City for a look at the Comcast Center construction site and the demolition of Rindelaub's Row to make way for 10 Rittenhouse Square. Both are moving right along.

The attraction to the recently-completed Cira Centre was once again too great to resist, and I swung to the west to check it out from across the Schuylkill River as it reflected the late afternoon sun. Awesome, as usual.
Top half of the Cira Centre from the east.

January 27, 2006 - Atlantic City

Although my intent was to photograph UnderMind at Atlantic City's House of Blues tonight, the backstage photo passes gave me access to amazing angles to shoot the other bands that were playing. I'm also a fan of Sideshow, a great band, and I couldn't resist using this photo of them, my favorite of the night. Awesome show by both bands.

Check out more photos from that night in the Events, Sports, and Concerts Gallery.
SideShow - photo taken at House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ.

January 23, 2006 - Toronto

I flew up today and will be spending 3 nights in Toronto. Although I've been here a bit much in the last few months, I still love the city - its energy, skyline, and people.
Toronto skyline at sunset from the east-southeast.

January 21, 2006 - Philadelphia

With more absolutely amazing weather today, I couldn't resist going back to Center City to check out some construction, and this time, destruction progress. Supposedly-historic Rindelaub's Row is being demolished to make way for 10 Rittenhouse Square, a luxury high-rise condo building, and I couldn't be more entertained.

More images to follow when I get a chance to make a 10 Rittenhouse Square page on the Building Construction Documentation Page.
Wrecking jaws take a bite out of the brick west facade of Rindelaub's Row.

January 16, 2006

Two days in a row I was up at sunrise. Today, the clouds were not remarkable, but the reflection of the sunrise off of the buildings to the west provided a satisfying (though probably overused) shot.

Philadelphia skyline at sunrise from Cherry Hill, NJ.

January 15, 2006

I spent three days this week in Jacksonville, but didn't have a chance to take any photos.

Today was another day where I woke up early for absolutely no reason. The sunrise rewarded me.

Sunrise over the Philadelphia skyline and Cherry Hill, NJ.

January 8, 2006 - Philadelphia

I'm with PhillySkyline.com when they say "GO COMCAST GO!" I couldn't resist checking it out again this weekend.

(Comcast Center Construction Documentation Page)
Daytime view of the Comcast Center from the northwest along Arch Street.

January 7, 2006 - Philadelphia (Manayunk)

Today I went to Manayunk, a neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia, to shoot a complete photo tour for the Tours Page and for PhillySkyline.com. After several hours of walking around the area, my legs were pretty annoyed from all the hills, but my camera was pretty happpy.

My favorite shot of the day is the one I used for the thumbnail on the tours page, which also became an entry on the Urban and Streetscapes Gallery. But I'm also pretty impressed by this mural and wanted to show it again.
Sandy's Dream on the Propper Brothers Furniture Building, at Main and Levering Streets.

January 6, 2006 - Cherry Hill, NJ

In late 2004, while driving on one of the routes I commonly take through Cherry Hill, I noticed some extremely bright Christmas lights a few blocks away, and checked them out. Five homes on Deer Road were keeping power plants in business with extreme holiday displays. By the time I returned with a camera a few weeks later, the lights and decorations had been taken down for the season. This year, I didn't miss them.

North side of Deer Road - G-Boys Christmas Kingdom.

January 4, 2006 - Philadelphia

Philadelphia's giant skyscraper, the Comcast Center, has begun to rise above street level as its massive concrete core is poured. The core is set to rise at about one floor per week for the next year, up to its maximum height of 57 stories totaling 975 ft.

Check out it's progress anytime at the Comcast Center Construction Documentation Page.
Night view of the construction progress from the northeast at 17th and Arch Streets.

December 25, 2005 - Sea Bright, NJ

I guess it's strange to go to the beach in December, especially on Christmas morning during the thickest fog I've seen in a long time. But this morning I shot awake with tons of energy, and the family was a few hours from really beginning to stir. So it's not surprising that morning photos were my first instinct, and I thought the desolate, foggy beach might make for some interesting subjects. Check out the rest of the photos by clicking the link on the Tours Page.
Self-portrait on the beach in Sea Bright, NJ.

December 9, 2005 - Toronto

A few inches of snow this morning and last night brightened up Toronto's ground and gave a new appearance to views I've photographed before.
Toronto skyline from the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant.

December 8, 2005 - Toronto

I arrived in Toronto last night and requested a room on an upper floor with a good view. This was what my window offered me at 7:15 AM.
View from the 14th floor of the Holiday Inn Express Downtown.

December 7, 2005 -
(Newark/New York)

Today I flew to Toronto and, after circling the airport on the ascent, had a great angle from which to photograph the Newark and New York skylines. Although I was shooting through a thin layer of clouds, I was able to digitally salvage the photo enough to make it at least interesting to look at.
Newark, NJ and New York City skylines from the west.

December 1, 2005 - Philadelphia

After hearing that the east portal was also lit and the the colors of each would be changing daily, I went back to Philly the next day for a second look at City Hall's holiday lighting scheme. (See more photos of City Hall's lights on the Tours Page.)
Top corner of east portal and tower of Philadelphia City Hall.

November 30, 2005 - Philadelphia

About a year after unveiling a bright white permanent lighting scheme for City Hall on November 10, 2004, the building is once again the center of attention due to a unique holiday lighting display. Tonight I went to check it out, but I only saw the west portal and didn't know that the east portal was lit. (See more photos from that night on the Tours Page.)
West portal from the intersection of 15th and Market Streets.

November 26, 2005 - (Minneapolis)

I flew home from Cedar Rapids to Philadelphia today and was awarded some nice views of the Minneapolis skyline over snowy surroundings.
Aerial view of the Minneapolis skyline.

November 24, 2005 - Iowa City

I spent last weekend in Atlanta, but didn't take any photos (blasphemy!). I was in Iowa City, IA, for Thanksgiving break. Despite the fact that I lost a contact lens (and didn't have any spares with me), I walked around half-blind taking photos at the University of Iowa and downtown Iowa City. You only need one eye to look through the lens, so hopefully they'll turn out OK.

Modern architecture along the Iowa River.

November 12, 2005 - Studio Five South, Philadelphia

My new photography studio, which I share with 6 other photographers, has just opened and become available this month. For my first shoot there, I worked with first-time model Caroline. View some of the day's best images at Model Photo Shoots.
Caroline - a beautiful profile.

November 10, 2005 - Ottawa

Last night I flew into Ottawa and arrived at about 1:00 AM. I had a few free hours this afternoon before catching my flight home, so I walked around the area of Canada's capital buildings. The weather was absolutely frigid, and it was lightly snowing on me, but the area is absolutely beautiful. This group of photos will become the next Tour Page entry.

360 degree panorama of Ottawa and Gatineau from an overlook near the capital buildings. It's almost impossible to see here, so click the image.

November 7, 2005

As seen in the photo from two days ago below, the treetops can look great on their own. But what do you expect from me except to combine them with a skyline shot?
Philadelphia skyline behind Cherry Hill forests.

November 5, 2005

Early November is usually the peak time for colorful leaves in southern New Jersey. My balcony view gives a pretty good view of the wooded area west of my apartment building.
Treetops in Cherry Hill, NJ.

November 3, 2005 - Virginia Beach, VA

I stayed in one of Virginia Beach's two Holiday Inns, each of which towers about 10 stories over the beach. My ninth-floor room gave me some pretty nice views of the beach and ocean.
Early morning sailor in the Atlantic.

November 2, 2005 - Virginia Beach, VA

Two days ago I took a ride from NJ to Washington DC for a day spent at a conference downtown. Afterwards I headed down to the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia, which consists of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, and other smaller communities along the Atlantic coast.
Dogowner and her best friend walk the shore of Virginia Beach.

October 29, 2005 - Philadelphia

The next Philadelphia neighborhood tour that I contribute to PhillySkyline.com will most likely be Manayunk. Today I was in Manayunk for sunset and a few night photos, concentrating mostly on the area's busy Main Street, a popular place for weekend nightlife.
Main Street in Manayunk at dusk.

October 28, 2005

The variety of the sunsets that I see from my balcony will never cease to amaze me. This cloudy day led to this overcast but bright sunset that I captured just before heating out for the night.
Strange, cloudy sunset over Cherry Hill, NJ.

October 27, 2005

Before we switch out of daylight savings time a few days from now, the sun will be rising extremely late in the morning. So my normal routine give me perfect timing to check out the sunrise every morning and get a few quick shots.
Sunrise over Cherry Hill and the Philadelphia skyline.

October 26, 2005

It's amazing... I haven't traveled anywhere by plane in the month of October.
Vibrant sunset behind the Philadelphia night skyline.

October 18, 2005 - Philadelphia

I hope you enjoy night photos, because our quantity of daily daylight is dwindling as we progress toward winter. Because of this, I was unable to catch the sunset reflecting off of the Philadelphia skyline from the South Street Bridge, but instead got this early night shot.
The Mellon Bank Center, One Liberty Place, and Two Liberty Place tower above Center City Philadelphia as seen at night from the South Street Bridge.

October 17, 2005

Now here's something I've never seen before. The full moon sets exactly at sunrise, of course, and at this time of year, this time of morning, and this part of the lunar cycle, the moon was in a perfect position. As the moon set into the Philadelphia skyline to the west, the sun was rising in the east, causing the same color to reflect off of the moon's surface and the shiny glass of Philadelphia's postmodern skyscrapers.
Moonset at sunrise into the Philly skyline.

October 15, 2005

At this time of the year the sun sets much further away from the Philadelphia skyline, leading to some variety in the normal balcony view photos.
Sunset over Cherry Hill and the Philadelphia skyline.

October 12, 2005

Tonight there was an odd brightness floating above the city as light from the urban area reflected off of low clouds. Unfortunately, it was also so windy that it was difficult to get a clear shot as my camera shook around on its tripod.
Light from Philadelphia reflects off of low clouds, seen from Cherry Hill.

October 7, 2005 - Philadelphia

Old City morning day two. This time, I was in Philly by 6:15 taking photos near the Ben Franklin Bridge. These photos also contributed to the most recent Tour Page entry.
A pedestrian walkway and cars flowing from the Ben Franklin Bridge.

October 6, 2005 - Philadelphia

The Cherry Hill tour for PhillySkyline.com has been put on hold in order to create a tour of Old City Philadelphia. Today I walked quite a bit in the northern half of Old City, especially North 3rd Street, North 2nd Street, Elfreth's Alley, and Market Street. The photos were used to create the Oct. 6-7 entry to the Tours Page.
A doorway on North 3rd Street.

October 3, 2005 - Cherry Hill, NJ

With plans to create a Cherry Hill entry on the Tours Page and a neighborhood tour for PhillySkyline.com, I set out for a few photos of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church on Cooper Landing Road to get me started. The Eastern European-style steeples and excellent stained glass work make this some of my favorite architecture in town.
St. Michaels Ukrainian Catholic Church from the northwest at sunset.

October 1, 2005 - Philadelphia

As visitors to this site have seen, I've been jumping over to Philadelphia's giant under construction, the Comcast Center, to grab photo updates whenever I can. Since late last night, crews have been pouring the first concrete into the foundation, so I got to Philly early to catch the action.

I randomly had a hardhat in my trunk, so I put it on and took my chances asking one of the foremen if I could stand on the site. With approval I was on the property for exactly an hour (9:38 to 10:38) before someone from Liberty Property Trust kicked me off. The rest of the photos will show up somewhere on SkyscraperSunset.com soon, guaranteed.
Concrete pumping trucks and their spider leg cranes hang over the foundation of the Comcast Center.

September 29, 2005 - Toronto

Today's cold winds were the first strong message that winter is on the way. Low, dark clouds rushed by overhead all morning, and framed the city skyline in my view from the east along Lake Ontario. The sky cleared up as the day went on, but the temperature stayed low and the winds never really died down from their 40 or 50 mph gusts.
Toronto skyline reaches toward low clouds at sunrise.

September 28, 2005 - Toronto

Driving around the city and the suburban areas filled my day today. Like many cities, some of the views from Toronto's highways are awesome, and the obvious inability to get a good photo of these views is frustrating.
CN Tower and downtown skyline from the southeast on the Gardiner Expressway.

September 27, 2005 - (Toronto)

Toronto, Toronto, Toronto. I practically live here now. And I know which side of the plane to sit on for the great aerial views of the Toronto skyline.
Downtown Toronto and Lake Ontario from the southwest.

September 24, 2005 - Philadelphia

Philly in the Fall - I'm in Heaven. Another day in and around Center City yielded photo updates at the Cira Centre and Comcast Center construction sites. I also explored the Loft District, a dingy, post-industrial neighborhood just north of Center City's Chinatown, and the top of the 12-story garage near Vine Street where I parked.
Intersection of Ridge Ave with 11th and Hamilton Streets in the Loft District at the border of Center City and North Philadelphia.

September 19, 2005 - Philadelphia

I hate hot weather, so around here, I hate the summer. Since the weather is cooling off lately, I'm making up for lost time and getting out to Philadelphia whenever I can.

Today I checked out a new condominium development on the Delaware River waterfront, just north of Center City, called Waterfront Square. Two towers are well underway, and with sales going well (like all luxury condos near downtown Philly), three more are in the works.
Morning view of Waterfront Square from the northwest, with the Ben Franklin Bridge in the background.

September 14, 2005 - Toronto

While staying in Oshawa, Ontario this week, the long drive into Toronto every day and the cloudy weather left me unmotivated to get out and shoot. Since I sat in traffic for a couple hours a day, I had plenty of time to study the Toronto area highway system. One of the most impressive freeways I've ever seen is the 401, which runs east-west across the metro and beyond. In one spot, just after leaving Pickering and entering Toronto, I counted 22 parallel lanes, including exit ramps and crossovers from the Express to the Collector.

Highway 401 Eastbound near the Kingston Rd exit.

September 10, 2005

The cause for celebration was unknown to me, but fireworks to the north of my apartment gave me something else to photograph today.
Fireworks above Burlington County, NJ.

September 10, 2005 - Philadelphia

I spent another great day in Philadelphia, walking around and getting construction progress updates for the Cira Centre, Comcast Center, and more. As icing on the cake, a meeting with the owner of PhillySkyline.com - you might guess we have similar interests - earned me an up close view of his homemade mural in the Fitler Square neighborhood. Then, to top it all off, we walked over to the South Street Bridge, which offered the view that you see below.

University City and Center City from the South Street Bridge.

September 6, 2005 - Philadelphia

The crane for the Comcast Center construction site was put into place today after nearly 8 months of foundation work at the site. At 975 ft. this skyscraper will become Philadelphia's tallest building. Watch it grow on the Building Construction Documentation page under Projects.
The nearly 400 ft. tall crane in front of the Liberty Place complex.

September 4, 2005

Back at home for the long Labor Day weekend, I have the weekend plus a few days off. This quiet Sunday night offered another unique sunset to the west.
Sunset and Philadelphia skyline over Cherry Hill, NJ.

September 2, 2005 - (Philadelphia)

After a half day in Toronto, I caught an afternoon flight back to Philadelphia. Looping north of Center City, then in a circle to the east over NJ and down to the airport, our flight path was a little further north than the normal approach from the east. So as we passed over deep South Philly, I had this nice view of the east-west spread of the Philly skyline above the stadium complex.
Aerial view of the Philadelphia skyline and stadium complex from the south.

September 1, 2005 - Toronto

This is more of Yonge Street, a few miles north of the Aug 29 photo. Shops and walkable areas line Yonge Street for about five miles. Along this road at least, it seems like downtown Toronto goes on forever.
Colorful storefronts along Yonge Street north of downtown.

August 31, 2005 - Toronto

I didn't have much time to explore and take photos today, but found that there was a photogenic view from exactly where I was required to be.
Toronto skyline from the east-southeast above the Ashbridges Bay WWTP.

August 29, 2005 - Toronto

After an early dinner tonight I took a walk up Yonge Street, north from the central business district, and was very impressed by the area. Located between the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, this spot on Yonge is full of interesting shops and the sidewalks are packed with people.

On my return path, I circled to the west a few blocks and passed through Nathan Philips Square just after sunset.
West side of Yonge Street between Dundas and Gerrard.

August 27, 2005 - Toronto

Just as I drifted off to sleep around 12:30 tonight, I was shocked out of bed by what seemed to be the loudest alarm clock on the planet. After fumbling with my own alarm in a sleepy stupor, I realized the noise was coming from the hall - Fire Alarm. "Probably a false alarm," I told myself, and thought about going back to sleep until I smelled smoke. So I grabbed the camera bag to save it (just in case), and snapped some pictures outside to kill time during our hour wait to get back in.

It turns out an elevator motor burnt up and stranded some people inside.
Toronto Police and Fire teams respond to the alarm at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown.

August 25, 2005 - Toronto

It appears that I'll be in Toronto for a total of 10 days, so those visiting this site are destined for many more Toronto photos. Today I had luch at The Docks under beautiful sunny skies, and had this panoramic view of the skyline above my cheeseburger and fries.

Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario from the Docks to the southeast.

August 24, 2005 - Toronto

I spent an hour or so at the Ford Modeling Agency's summer party, a cocktail hour on a rooftop bar in downtown Toronto. Despite an excellent skyline view, the sights on the roof were far greater than those from the roof.
Toronto skyline above the rooftop of the Ultra Supper Club.

August 23, 2005 - Toronto

I'm once again unable to limit myself to just one photo per log-day, because I had to show two types of aerial photos. The first, below, was from the plane during my incoming flight. I hurried out on foot downtown immediately after I got to my hotel, and wound up at the CN Tower, as if pulled there by gravity. Of course, I had to go up, then up 33-stories above the main observation deck to the SkyPod, 1465 ft. above the ground. This is the world's highest observation deck.

Althouh glass reflections and window panes present some photographic challenges, the views were of course amazing.
View southeast over Lake Ontario from the CN Tower's SkyPod.

August 23, 2005 - (Toronto)

My flight from Philadelphia to Toronto this afternoon was surprisingly fast: just over an hour in the air. As we circled into the Toronto airport, I noticed a distant view of the city's skyline. We gradually got closer and closer to the airport and the skyline, and I was amazed at the size of the CN Tower, the world's tallest free-standing structure (IE no support wires, but it doesn't count as a building).
The CN Tower and downtown Toronto just before landing in Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

August 22, 2005

Home for one night before tomorrow's flight to Toronto. The Philly night skyline looked great from my balcony tonight.
Philadelphia skyline from the east in Cherry Hill, NJ, just after sunset.

August 21, 2005 - Atlanta

Yesterday I was connecting in Atlanta on my way home from Omaha to Philadelphia. My level of stupidity is considerably higher all day when I've gotten up at 4:00 AM for a flight, so I left my IPod on the OMA-ATL plane. I succeeded in going back to get it, but that meant missing my connecting flight and having to re-book it. An hour later I was out of the airport to visit a friend who had recently moved to Atlanta. The following day, she needed some photos for a new MySpace profile, and I was happy to help.
Eagles pride doesn't die when you move away from Philadelphia. Do I see some spokesmodel potential?

August 19, 2005 - Salix, IA

I wanted to show a photo from Sioux City, since I took about 200 there. But after I left the city and drove south on Interstate 29, an impressive sunset started to form through my passenger-side window. Timing my stop for peak color had me pulled over just off of Exit 134 in Salix, IA, turning my head 360 degrees in amazement.

Check out a few more sunset photos in this Sioux City tour.

Sunset over farmland to the northeast.

August 19, 2005 - Sioux City, IA

I have a flight back home out of Omaha tomorrow, so tonight I'm making the return drive from Sioux Falls, SD, to Omaha. Most of the route on Interstate 29 is in Iowa, and the first thing south of the South Dakota-Iowa border is Sioux City, IA. Knowing that I wouldn't have enough daylight for photos in Omaha, I stopped in Sioux City and walked around the downtown for about 90 minutes.

While Sioux City isn't particularly exciting or photogenic (and in some places on the border of downtown it begins to seem a little run down), I did manage to get some good shots. The whole set can be seen here.
Badgerow Building from the north.

August 18, 2005 - Sioux Falls, SD

This was my second trip in Sioux Falls, but tonight was the first time I had a chance to look around at all. Expecting the "city" to be a typical midwestern suburban bore, I was pleasantly surprised by the small but active downtown and nearby Falls Park.
One of many small waterfalls in Falls Park.

August 17, 2005 - Omaha, NE

Last night I flew into Omaha so that I could wake up early to drive to Sioux Falls, SD. Never one to miss an opportunity to photograph a new city, I was up with the sun in order to find good spot. The plan was to use the eastern rising sun to shoot across the Missioru River from Council Bluffs, IA. After a little searching, I found this spot after following a small path through the woods lining a park.

Omaha skyline at sunrise, from the east across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, IA.

August 13, 2005 - Philadelphia

Norfolk Southern hired me to get a photo of Two Commerce Square, the Philadelphia skyscraper where their office building is located. This was the final image that they chose.
Two Commerce Square from the southwest across Market Street at twilight.

August 9, 2005 - Philadelphia

I'm planning to write an article on the nearly-complete Cira Centre for Phillyist.com as soon as I get a chance. (Updating this page is a first step in completing things that need to be done first.) Since the building's exterior has been unfinished during most of the photos I've taken, so I needed a few more with the completed facade. As the sun started going down, I noticed it was going to be a great sunset - dark blue sky with bright orange clouds. The Cira Centre's mirrored exterior worked with the sunset beautifully.
Sunset reflects off the Cira Centre, from the south on 30th St.

August 8, 2005

I took some balcony photos at sunset again.

Black and white panorama of the Philadelphia skyline from the east at sunset.

August 6, 2005

Back at home, a lazy Saturday leads balcony sunset photos.
Sunset over Cherry Hill and the Philadelphia skyline

August 4, 2005 - California

Today I took the free evening that I had to drive up the 101 Freeway to Santa Barbara, where the annual Fiesta was going on.
A curve in the 101 Freeway in the small flat land between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, about 20 miles south of Santa Barbara.

August 3, 2005 - Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Monday and yesterday were both hazy (or "smoggy" when not trying to sound nice), but today was pretty clear and I ventured out in search of great photos. From the area's beaches I could always see a section of hills further to the south, so I went over there to look for observation areas. The one I found was great, but fog rolled in and made me shoot the nearby scenery rather than the view over the other beaches.

It turns out shooting the nearby scenery wasn't such a bad punishment.
Cliffs overlook the Pacific Ocean to the north.

August 2, 2005 - Playa del Rey, CA

Yesterday I flew out to Los Angeles, and I'll be here until Friday. I'm in town for my real job, which brought me to the world's largest water reclamation facility. I've heard some plant employees mention that many movies have been shot there. They use the plant for industrial scenes because of its odd, unique settings full of pipes, ductwork, and other bizarre structures, especially underground.

All this week a movie has in fact been filming here. The crew said the title was Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, presumably some sort of remake, and that it will be seen in theaters. For one afternoon, they had a chimpanzee at the plant. As I was walking out to leave for the day, we had to go right past him, so I grabbed one of my smaller cameras I asked the trainer if I could take a few photos. He gave a few hand commands and had the monkey sit up on a wall. I only had time for two shots before he brought him back down, but I was rewarded with that lost look and the head scratch. Looking back at the photo later, it worked perfectly with the strange, unnatural, industrial settings around him.
This chimpanzee is completely lost at the Hyperion Water Treatment Plant.

July 30, 2005 - Hightstown, NJ

An evening family party put me in positon to capture my aunt and uncle's beautiful home as it reflected the sunset (as well as some shots of the party).
Sun reflects off the windows of this Hightstown home.

July 28, 2005

For my first studio photo shoot I was lucky to have the beautiful model Nikki to work with. More photos to come!

July 27, 2005

I'm falling in love with lightning photography. You shoot photos of nothing, hoping for a lightning strike, and once in a while, you hit the lottery. This bolt almost took my head off. Oddly, it's going horizontally over the sky and not touching the ground as it forks away from me. Look at the bolt spiraling into the distance on the right. Fascinating.
Lightning bolts over Cherry Hill, NJ.

July 23, 2005 - Rumson, NJ

Today I visited and photographed Red Bank, NJ, and a small nearby town, Rumson, one of NJ's wealthiest. Just after sunrise I was on the bank of the Navesink River in Rumson.
Bottleneck and rocks in the sand.

July 20, 2005 - Philadelphia

The last time I went to the steps of the Phildelphia Museum of Art (October 31, 2004), I was treated to a much better sunset. But this time, just as I was leaving, the full moon rose in perfect position and made up for the lackluster sunset.
Rise of the full moon over Philadelphia's signature skyscrapers.

July 19, 2005

A small scale view of what was an amazing sky at sunset.
Dark clouds in front of a colorful sky.

July 15, 2005

I just bought a new camera, a Canon Digital Rebel XT, and a Sigma 18-200 mm lens. I wanted to try it out, so with nothing but bad weather outside I stayed in and captured action with the high-speed burst mode.
Paint and water.

July 8, 2005 - Tampa

My flight back to Philadelphia left out of Tampa, so today I made the four hour drive back from Jacksonville.
Tampa skyline from Interstate 275.

July 5, 2005 - Jacksonville

Well, this photo isn't anythinig special, but today I drove from St. Petersburg through Tampa and on to Jacksonville, where I stayed for a few days.
Jacksonville skyline from the southeast on Interstate 95.

July 4, 2005 - St. Petersburg, FL

Unfortunately I wasn't in Philadelphia for the 4th of July, but this panorama of the St. Petersburg skyline made me feel a little better.

Skyline from the St. Petersburg pier over the Tampa Bay.

July 1, 2005 - Detroit

On my way from Springfield back to Philadelphia I had a layover in Detroit. What an amazing airport. This hallway with chimes and ever-changing colored walls takes passengers to Terminal A, where they can watch a water show or ride an elevated train from one end of the terminal to another.
Walkway between terminals A and B in Detroit International Airport.

June 30, 2005 - Springfield, MO

I tried to be mature about the name of this gas station chain, but I didn't have the discipline to also ignore the slogan on the truck.
Bright paint job on a tanker truck in Springfield.

June 29, 2005 - Philadelphia

Yesterday I boarded a plane, headed for Springfield, MO, and due to bad weather, sat on the runway for 4 hours. We ran out of gas, turned back to the gate, and I went home, delaying my flight by one day.

Today we made it off the ground, but not before 2 1/2 hours on the runway. Traffic is annoying while driving, but it's even worse on a plane.
Planes line up to wait for takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport.

June 23, 2005

I enjoyed another day in NJ today and only sought photos as far away as my balcony.
Sunset over Cherry Hill, NJ.

June 22, 2005 - Philadelphia

I had been to this location on Spring Garden Street, above the Schulykill River, once before on March 30 (see below), and recognized its potential, but it was so windy that day that I couldn't get a clear photo. Today was a bit better, and of course there was some variety in the sunset.
The new Cira Centre (right) and Philadelphia skyline above the Schuylkill River.

June 21, 2005 - Philadelphia

I was in Jacksoville this morning I hurried from the airport to an appointment in Center City Philadelphia. Of course, I had to take some photos from the office window.
Looking southeast from the 30th floor of 1700 Market Street.

June 20, 2005 - Jacksonville

I flew down to Jacksonville today for a quick one-day trip. I'll be heading back home tomorrow morning.
Coal power plant in northeast Jacksonville from the south atop a 70-foot cherry picker.

June 17, 2005 - (New York City)

I flew back to Newark today and had an absolutely breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline as I was landing. Like this photo? See more at the Aerials, Airports, and Planes Gallery.
Midtown Manhattan skyline from the west.

June 16, 2005 - Fajardo, Puerto Rico

There's something I love about this photo - it's one of my favorites I've taken this year. Fajardo is so bright and colorful, and so dark and depressing at the same time. No one photo sums that up as well as this one.
Local man walking down a quiet residential street called "Calle 3."

June 15, 2005 - Fajardo, Puerto Rico

This photo and yesterday's show Fajardo very well. Extreme natural beauty, but also widespread poverty and general messiness. It seems that nothing here is ever cleaned, replaced, or maintained.
Abandoned cars line a residential back street, one of many named "Calle 1."

June 14, 2005 - Fajardo, Puerto Rico

I was up before the sun this morning to drive to Newark airport and fly down to Puerto Rico. After driving halfway across the island from San Juan, I found myself in Fajardo, pulled over on the side of a back road, in front of this colorful tree.
Orange blossoming tree just off of Highway 53, "Autopista Dr. Jose C. Barbosa."

June 13, 2005

Nothing's a better welcome home than a photogenic sunset.
Sunset from my balcony, Cherry Hill, NJ.

June 12, 2005 - (Chicago)

I've flown into and out of Chicago for layovers so many times, with nothing to show for it. Today I had a layover in Chicago-Midway, the smaller of the city's airports, and finally - aerial paydirt! The Chicago skyline is amazing.
Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan from the southwest.

June 11, 2005 - Brewster, MN

After just two days in Sioux Falls, it's back in the car on a four-hour quest to reach the Minneapolis airport.
The train and grain elevator (?) create an interesting composition for a guy from NJ.

June 10, 2005 - Dell Rapids, SD

During my time in the Sioux Falls area I haven't taken many photos, but I did drive up to Dell Rapids today and snapped a few shots from the car window.
New development in Dell Rapids, SD.

June 8, 2005 - Saint Peter, MN

Today I flew to Minneapolis and drove four hours to Sioux Falls, SD.
Downtown Saint Peter, MN.

June 6, 2005

Tonight Philadelphia and Southern NJ had severe thunderstorms for more than a half hour. I tried to catch some of the frequent lightning strikes, and had a few successful shots.
A bolt of lightning dwarfs the Walt Whitman Bridge.

June 5, 2005 - Philadelphia

I walked around a bit in Philadelphia today for no particular reason.
An odd set of roofs and low rise building tops on Chestnut Street in Center City.

June 4, 2005

Well, I didn't go anywhere, so it was this or another balcony sunset..
Uh... my eye?

May 30, 2005

I've said it before, but I still expect that I've seen every type of sunset there could be, especially from the same spot on my balcony. I think I'll give up on that thought. This one was odd.
Sunset over Cherry Hill and the Philadelphia skyline, 8:23 PM.

May 29, 2005 - Fair Haven, NJ

The Newark newspaper The Star Ledger needed some photos for an article on Fair Haven, NJ, my hometown. Since I was nearby for a Memorial Day party, I stopped in Fair Haven for a few hours.

The photo above was used on the front page of the Real Estate Section on June 3. Check the Projects page for more information.
Looking south across McCarter Pond, about an hour before sunset.

May 28, 2005

Despite being completely exhausted from the last few weeks of travel, I was up before the sun on this Saturday morning, since it was 11:00 AM in Amsterdam at the time. I didn't go anywhere today, and it was great.
Sunrise over Cherry Hill and Philadelphia, 5:49 AM.

May 27, 2005 - New Jersey

Back in the US. Stopovers, customs delays, and traffic made this the longest day ever.
Memorial Day Weekend traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike.

May 26, 2005 - Amsterdam

After a week of work in the Netherlands, I spent the night in Amsterdam before my May 28 flight back to Newark.
Amsterdam's Amstel Hotel.

May 23, 2005 - (England)

Today I flew from London Gatwick to Amsterdam, then took the train to Ede, a small city in the eastern part of the Netherlands. I'll be in Ede until Thursday night.
Southern England from the air just after takeoff.

May 22, 2005 - London

Today the walking all over London continued. I started at the hotel near Trafalgar Square, then walked through Picadilly Circus and up Regent Street. At some point I cut west into the Mayfair neighborhood and over to Hyde Park, London's equivalent of Central Park, which is absolutely enormous.

After walking through Hyde Park and over the Serpentine, I found the Albert Memorial, which is shown on the right, and walked toward Hyde Park Corner through the Kensington/Knightsbridge neighborhood. Not far after that was Constitution Hill and St. James Park, including Buckingham Palace, before heading back to Trafalgar Square.

And I thought yesterday was a lot of walking.
The Albert Memorial, near Hyde Park and Kensington, from the west.

May 21, 2005 - London

I spent most of my first full day in London walking along the River Thames. What an amazing city.

Looking north across the Thames from Southwark, including 30 St. Mary Axe ("The Gherkin"), London's famous new skyscraper, and the Tower Bridge.

May 20, 2005 - London

After a daytime flight and a night in the city, I snapped this shot with my small point-and-shoot camera.
Pically Circus, London, 4:54 AM on May 21.

May 19, 2005 - Newark

After last night's late flight back to Newark, I stayed near the Newark Airport. One day in NJ before I'm off to London.
A plane departs from Newark-Liberty International Airport.

May 18, 2005 - Ottawa

Although I usually force myself to take advantage of an opportunity to photograph a new city, especially if I may never be there again, I was just too tired to do it last night. But today I was lucky enough to get 45 free minutes to walk around downtown Ottawa before my flight back to the US.

I was pretty impressed with the downtown there. Although the skyscrapers are pretty small and exceptionally bland, the rest of the city was full of life, and the Parliament area was extremely beautiful.
Viewing downtown Ottawa over a bed of tulips.

May 17, 2005 - (Philadelphia)

I officially hate US Airways. On my way to Ottawa today, woke up at 3:00 AM and drove an hour and fifteen minutes to Newark Airport for a 7:00 flight... to Philadelphia, 25 minutes from my apartment. The worst part about the whole situation is that I then had a three hour layover in the airport. If I could have gone directly from Philly to Ottawa, I could have woken up at 8:00, but the flight was $600 more if I excluded the first leg. Does that make sense? US Airways deserves to go bankrupt.

The best part about the whole situation was this aerial photo of Center City Philadelphia, as well as some great aerials of downtown Newark. I was on the wrong side of the plane to continuously shoot Philly, but I managed this one all the way across the plane and through the window of the guy across from me.
Aerial of the tallest part of the Philadelphia skyline from the east.

May 15, 2005

I set up a MySpace page today (myspace.com/skyscrapersunset) and needed a photo of myself to use as my front page and profile image there. The sunset was interesting again tonight, so I decided to mess around with some self portraits in my most common photography location.

The next two weeks are going to be a bit crazy for me. I'm home tomorrow, then on Tuesday I fly to Ottawa for a day and a half. Hopefully I'll have time to bring back some good photos. On Friday morning I fly to England for 3 days in London. Then, next Monday, I'm hopping over to Amsterdam, then all around the Netherlands, returning to NJ on the 27th for what will surely be an eventful Memorial Day weekend.

If you see updates here, it means I survived.
When on my balcony, I own the Philadelphia skyline.

May 14, 2005 - Hoboken, NJ

Hoboken, NJ, is very photogenic. I didn't have time to take more than this one photo, but I think I'll go back there for a whole group of pictures sometime.
Looking north along the west side of Washinton Street's 600 block.

May 8, 2005

I'm back in Cherry Hill again and I'll be here for a week or more. My first time at home during sunset was pretty rewarding. This sunset was extremely strange. The photos will be on the tours page eventually.
Sunset over the Philadelphia skyline, 7:53 PM.

May 6, 2005 - Philadelphia

Once in a while, I find myself in an unexpected place. Tonight in Philadelphia I was surprised to wind up in a new location on a high rise rooftop, and I was lucky to at least be carrying my small camera.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts illuminates the view over South Broad Street.

May 5, 2005 - Naples, FL

My last night in Naples finally offered some clear weather. The hour-long walk on the beach was amazing. The rest of the photos will be posted under tours as soon as possible.
Sunset over the breaking waves of the Gulf of Mexico.

May 4, 2005 - Naples, FL

I've spent the week so far in Naples, FL, with terrible weather and no opportunity for photos until tonight. I spent about a half hour on the Gulf Beach during a disappointing sunset. The pelicans provided the most entertainment.
A confused pelican wanders aimlessly around the beach.

April 27, 2005 - Philadelphia

Today I took what was probably the longest walk around Philadelphia of my life while showing the city to a few European guests. Walking along the Schuylkill River path, I took this photo of the nearly-completed Cira Centre in University City.
Cira Centre from the northeast. On these sides, the exterior glass is complete and a crane is the only sign of construction.

April 25, 2005

My balcony view is improving greatly as Spring arrives in NJ, and the treetops between here and Philadelphia fill with leaves.
The Philadelphia skyline at 6:34 AM from my balcony.

April 24, 2005

Not traveling today or for another week!
Just another sunset above the Philadelphia skyline from my balcony.

April 22, 2005 - (Kansas City)

Today I had a morning flight from Kansas City to Atlantic City that offered me some great views of the Kansas City skyline and International Airport.
Downtown Kansas City from the ENE and the intersection of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers.

April 21, 2005 - Lee's Summit, MO

After working in Springfield, I made the 3 hour drive for one day of work in Lee's Summit, MO, up near Kansas City.
One of dozens of great new homes in the Woodland Shores development, Lee's Summit, MO.

April 19, 2005 - Springfield, MO

I passed the Solo World Headquarters on a main road in Springfield, MO. I was a big supporter of their Red Plastic Cup division in college.
Solo World Headquarters from the west on Glenstone Ave.

April 18, 2005 - (Louisville)

On the road again, this time heading to Springfield, MO, I got a distant aerial view of Louisville.
Louisville, KY, from the air, along with Clarksville/Jeffersonville, IN, across the Ohio River.

April 15, 2005 - (Philadelphia)

My return flight from Jacksonville led to a few great aerials of the Philadelphia and Wilmington skylines, but I'm not sure if the rest of them will ever make a public appearance.
Center City skyline and Philadelphia International Airport from the southwest.

April 14, 2005 - Jacksonville

On the second of my three days in Jacksonville, I spent sunset near Friendship Fountain on the South Riverfront. The North Riverfront skyline is directly across the St. John's River.
Jacksonville's North Riverfront above Friendship Fountain.

April 12, 2005 - Orlando

After my vacation in Tampa, I had to work in Jacksonville and stopped in downtown Orlando for a few hours in the early afternoon. Orlando is one of my least-favorite cities in the country - the overdone catering to tourism is extremely ugly and tacky - but the downtown area is nicely done. Check out the rest of the photos on the tours page.
Sculpture and fountain in City Hall's plaza.

April 9, 2005 - Tampa

I had a few free hours and took a walk in the Bayshore and Tampa General Hospital areas near downtown Tampa. These photos will be the next entry on the tours page.
Tampa skyline at sunset, from the south on the Platt Street/Channelside Drive Bridge.

April 8, 2005 - Philadelphia

I'm on my way to Tampa for 3 days of vacation, then I'll be working in Jacksonville for another 3 days. Expect a few entries for different Florida cities in the next few weeks.

Philadelphia skyline from Gate D9, Philadelphia International Airport

April 5, 2005

The subject of my next entry on the tours page will be this sunset, as seen from my balcony. Now that we've entered daylight savings time, I'll be home in time for every sunset that I could ever want to photograph.

Sunset over the Philly skyline, from the east in Cherry Hill, NJ

March 30, 2005 - Philadelphia

A beautiful Spring-like day brought me back to the Schuylkill River to document the construction of the Cira Centre, Philadelphia's newest skyscraper. This bridge provides a great view of the building as it nears completion, but also makes for a great panorama.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Market West skyscrapers in Center City, the Schuylkill River, Interstate 76, the Cira Centre, and University City in West Philly

March 29, 2005

A combination of terrible weather and a lot of site updating (as you can see from the tours page) resulted in almost two weeks without a worthwhile photo. Here's my return offering, a panoramic sunset from my balcony.

The sun sets behind the horizon and the Philadelphia skyline

March 16, 2005

As we approach the first day of Spring, the sun is setting later every day, giving me a chance to start to catch sunset photos on days that I have to work. But tonight, although the sun was well below the horizon by the time I got home, I was able to see a unique division of the sky into blue and red halves.
Philadelphia skyline after sunset from my balcony.

March 13, 2005 - Highlands, NJ

I was in the general area and on a whim decided to check out the Twin Lights in Highlands, NJ. This lighthouse pair was built in 1862 and is a NJ State Historic Site. The museum and tower were open even on Sunday, and I scaled the claustrophobic spiral stairway to the top of the North Tower. It was freezing up there on what was otherwise a pretty warm day, but the views were great. See them for yourself...

360 degree panorama starting in the west includes Highlands, the New York/Jersey City Skylines, New York Harbor, Sandy Hook and Sandy Hook Bay, Sea Bright, the Atlantic Ocean, and the South Tower.

March 9, 2005 - Philadelphia

Walking along West Rittenhouse Square in downtown Philadelphia, I looked in through the doors of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. A man inside, possibly a priest, noticed my curiosity and invited me inside. The beautiful interior demanded that I get a few photos.
The arch curving above the alter creates a stunning scene.

March 8, 2005 - Cherry Hill, NJ

Amazingly, in one day we've gone from a beautiful 69 degrees to a bone-chilling 8 degrees (including the wind chill). Of course, a snowstorm was thrown in to top it all off. But the sunset was beautiful, once again.

North Green Acre Drive, Cherry Hill, looking south -> west -> north.

March 7, 2005 - Philadelphia

WOW. It reached 69 degrees in Philadelphia today. I made two separate trips to the city, one during the mid-afternoon for an appointment, and another at sunset. Most of my trips to Philly lately have been to the area of 30th Street Station, on the borderline between Center City and University City. I've been drawn to the area to document the construction of the Cira Centre, a new 436 ft skyscraper that has been rising above the station for about a year.

The views of the city's tallest skyscrapers from this area are interesting, but I never found a really great one until today. Today's photos have become an entry on the tours page: click here.
Looking east from the Chestnut Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River.

March 6, 2005

I updated the tours page today with photos from the Philadelphia City Hall observation deck.
Another day of working on the site leads to another balcony sunset photo.

March 5, 2005

Yes, I know this looks pretty "fake," but I needed a bright photo for a slow weekend. I've been programming the new site lately, not shooting new photos, so bear with me. This section will get a lot more interesting when I get off my ass and get out of Cherry Hill... or out of my apartment, for that matter.

I did update the tours section today with photos from the Mummers Day Parade in Philadelphia, which took place on New Years Day of this year. So go take a look at them.
Another balcony sunset, but this one is cloudless.

March 1, 2005 - Philadelphia

Tonight my cousin played her final home game as a Wildcat as Villanova University lost to 6th-ranked Rutgers in Philadelphia. Now only the tournaments remain.
Good luck Villanova!
Pre-game huddle.

February 28, 2005

Given my fascination with the subject 15 years ago, it's surprising I've never tried photographing fire. But it's been indoor weather lately. I'm searching through tens of thousands of photos to decide which ones will make the galleries section, but things should start showing up there soon.
A tall flame rises just inches from my lens.

February 27, 2005

Although it still needs some retouching and reworking, the new skyscrapersunset.com went online today. I'm a photographer, not a web site developer or graphic designer, so although I know it's simple, I hope I've created something functional, easy to navigate, and full of content. Speaking of content, the galleries section is still being built, but you'll see categories popping up over upcoming days and weeks. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoy the new site and come back often.
Early morning view of the Philadelphia skyline from my balcony.

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